Who else would you go give it to really?
Too many injuries, bad hole to begin with in the 4-19 start, lack of continuity and consistency, throw in some bad coaching and missed calls, and there's the season.
Milwaukee at the VERY least was consistent, despite having a couple bumps on the road i.e. Scott Skiles.
There's no doubt the Raptors were the more talented team, but there was nothing that fit. I know we've all read it on this forum,
but this whole roster (definitely can argue coaches/front-office mindset) is basically square pegs trying to snap into round holes.
1. Ujiri is a great start in terms of building a team PROPERLY.
2. Coach Casey and the relationship/philosophy with Ujiri remains to be seen, but if Casey goes back to the defensive approach he brought in his first season, isn't too caught up with his players "come hell or high water", change his ways to wanting to give young players development time and opportunities, and can find or develop some sort of above average offensive system, this could be another step in the right direction.
3. The roster make-up, a few players I would keep IF Ujiri truly is planning a rebuild or re-tool.
- JV, Amir, Acy, Gay are the only guys I would name "untouchable". Bringing in young players through draft, trades (prospects, picks, expirings) are going to be huge, specifically the certain TYPES of players Ujiri is bringing in.
PF: -------, Johnson, Acy
Team will need some sort of inside scorer to develop a great inside post duo similar to that of Indiana (seems to be the model for Ujiri), Memphis (West, Millsap, Smith), or a big that can somehow stretch the floor, or bring a finesse game (Ilyasova, Love).
Shooters are needed, a point guard - or back-up depending on Lowry situation - (hopefully through this draft, because the point guard position is the only "strong" position in the draft), wing/guard defenders, some sort of bench scorer (could be Ross, or DeRozan - expensive bench player - developing in that role), and fill rest of positions with role players.
What I like about Fields is that what he can do he does well. Always plays within himself, but that does not make him a starter. Just someone who plays a solid bench game.
If he can make the open 3 he's a starter. Its a make-or-break thing for his career
He shot 50% as a rookie, and 39% from 3 point land. Plus 6 rebounds and 2 assists with 30 minutes of playing time. If his shooting can come back he is a keeper. Those numbers are equal to or better than Gay's numbers since coming to Toronto. For a lot less money, and I don't ever see him floating.
Fields is the kind of player who is only as good as those around him. He's not going to make it happen on his own but if you have good ball movement, a facilitator and a legit leading scorer who draws extra attention then he could make a real impact on the offense in my opinion. This is the problem, the Raptors may or may not have that when the season starts. This would be Jason Kapono all over again if not for his good defense.
$8.5M will be a lot to pay for a guy who depends on others heavily but it might be a good trade assets that final year...
If his shot isn't back, who is going to want him at 6 mill a year? If his shot is back to rookie form, he is easily worth 6 mill a year, and a total benefit to the club.
If his shot is back I would jettison DD and start Landry in a heart beat, let him and Amir be garbage men and Rudy, Kyle and Jonas can carry the offense
Not to bring it around but I think Milwaukee had more talent than us as well as playing better
Jennings > Lowry
Ellis > DeRozan
Ilysova > Amir
Reddick > Ross
So to anyone who says he left only because of the money.........Benjamin Hochman: Josh said Masai told him he didn't even need to consider matching the Toronto contract, because Masai’s decision was already made. Twitter @nuggetsnews
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